Thursday, September 20, 2012

Welcome Oliver Letian Xia!


A picture says it all. :-) Our son, Oliver Letian Xia(夏乐天), arrived at 11:44pm on 9/14, and I officially started the life of fatherhood. It has been fantastic so far, but it is also clear to me, something I already anticipated when we first found out he is coming into this word, that I don't really have time for other activities with Oliver being the center of my universe now. So I'm going to retire from doing weekly box office predictions, here on this blog or anywhere else. I first started following box office closely in late 2000 when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon burst onto the scene and began participating in Box Office Mojo's Derby game in 2004. It has been a fantastic experience all these years, and I got to know and become friends with a lot of great people because of the common passion. I'm forever thankful for you all. Although I won't be doing regular weekend box office predictions again, when time permits, I may write more general pieces such as how summer films will do just to see how well my feeling turns out when forcing to provide them early with less concrete data. Box office is just fun any way you slice it. But until then, I'll give my full attention to the lovely Oliver. Thank you again!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend Box Office Predictions (Sep 7 - 9): The Words, The Cold Light of Day

MoviePredicted Gross (m)Change
1. The Words7.5$2,678 PTA
2. The Possession7.0-60.5%
3. Lawless5.5-45.0%
4. The Expendables 24.5-50.2%
5. ParaNorman4.0-39.1%
6. The Dark Knight Rises3.8-37.9%
7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green3.7-41.1%
8. The Bourne Legacy3.5-51.6%
9. 2016 Obama's America3.0-46.5%
10. Hope Springs3.0-36.1%
-. The Cold Light of Day1.9$1,257 PTA